More than 80 Western Nevada College students earned induction into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society during ceremonies on Wednesday, April 22 at the Carson Nugget Hall on WNCâ€™s Carson City Campus and Friday, April 24 at Virgil Getto Hall in Fallon.
During the ceremonies for 84 inductees, students read an oath of membership pledge and performed a candle lighting to receive a spark from a flame, thus promoting their own individuality according to the Greek myth.
Among the inductees for Fallonâ€™s Chapter, Beta Theta Iota, were seven Jump Start students, who are working toward an associate degree during their junior and senior years of high school.
â€œWeâ€™re all really pleased with their performances,â€ said Jeff Downs, who co-advises the Fallon Chapter along with Holly Oâ€™Toole.
Fallonâ€™s Chapter included the largest number of inductees since 2011, according to Downs. Lauren Stevens advises the Carson City Chapter.
PTK was created in 1918 and has served as a means to honor and encourage academic achievement of community college students. The organization also provides opportunities for individual student growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.
Today, PTK has more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters worldwide.
In order for WNC students to qualify for PTK membership, they must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree coursework with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher throughout their enrollment at the college. â€¨
WNCâ€™s 2015 PTK inductees for Alpha Upsilon Beta and Beta Theta Iota are:
CARSON CITY CHAPTER MEMBERS:
Callie Andress, Silvia Arreguin, Michael Atkinson, Tahnya Ballard, Jenny Barton, Barbara Bessol, Cheyenne Bryant, Riley Cabrera, Claudia Cervantes, Stephanie Cisneros, Hilary Collins, Andrew Corona, Cira Craighead, Joshua Crevling, Nicholas Crosby, Larissa Crumm, Mackenzie Deboer, Emily Delbecq, Brettanie Drapeau, Aaron Endel, Nicole Gorra, Lesley Green, Annie Guddat, Nate Hammock, Mollie Holt, Samantha Hoover, Cory Hyatt, Connie Jameson, Annette Kangas, Nicole Kull, Justin LeBlanc, Jeanne Lordier, Whitney Lynd, Kristin McBride, Maureen McDermott, Jennifer McKenzie, Stella Mitchell, Grecia Morris, Yesenia Negrete, Chelsea Osborn, Joseph Ouellette, Marissa Parsons, Joeli Paschall, Carmella Porcella, Stephanie Pruitt, Autumn Reed, Nicole Rinasz, Rachael Robinson, Michael Romero, Andrea Ruiz, Isabella Scardi, Madaline Schreckengost, Carl Sczepanski, Andrea Senda, Katlynn Shepard, Gail Thompson, Suzanne Thompson, Meaghan Traxler, Melissa Trubitsky, Jennifer Webb, Carole Whiles, Lavon Whipple, Kelly Wilson and Matthew Young.
FALLON CHAPTER MEMBERS:
Yesenia Aguilera, Wyndy Bates, Kaitlyn Beauregard, Braden Benecke, Gaven Betts, Melessa Camilon, Youki Clare, Taylor Davids, Rebecca Hall, Jason Hanski, Kayla Harrison, Britt Hoashi, Maysie Jones, Davis Koenig, Mckenzie Lunger, Megan Martin, Gloria Montes-Lopez, Brennan Paterson, Reyna Rodriguez Pizaro and Jeane Workman.